Error messages beget post October 18, 2006 9:05 AM   Subscribe

I posted this and got a timeout error message. So I tried again and got a different error message. But on the third try, I got the message telling me the link had already been posted. So one of the two attempts that generated an error message actually worked.
posted by GuyZero to Bugs at 9:05 AM (17 comments total)

What were the error messages?
posted by cortex at 9:25 AM on October 18, 2006


yeah, metafilter's funny like that sometimes.
posted by boo_radley at 9:31 AM on October 18, 2006


I only saved a screen grab of the first one.
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The second one was different.
posted by GuyZero at 9:32 AM on October 18, 2006


The same happened to me yesterday. This does seem to happen at times. Just go and reload the front page to see if your post was accepted if it happens again.
posted by caddis at 10:39 AM on October 18, 2006


"Robust Exception" is Cold Fusionese for "your post sucks".

It's the relational database version of web rage.
posted by loquacious at 10:41 AM on October 18, 2006


I had troubles trying to upload a song to Music yesterday. Tried a couple of different things with no luck. <— useless data point
posted by cortex at 10:48 AM on October 18, 2006


I have to upload tracks to Music in IE for some reason. The MIME type firfox uses doesn't agree with the server. *shrug*
posted by loquacious at 11:02 AM on October 18, 2006


Hey, hey, callouts go into their own threads. I see bugs, I report them. There's no siren-warning-light waving people off from filing bug reports.

Plus, I don't suck. CF sucks. And I'll cut off my hand if you can prove otherwise.
posted by GuyZero at 11:02 AM on October 18, 2006


What would an expected error be, anyway?
posted by yhbc at 11:14 AM on October 18, 2006


Plus, I don't suck. CF sucks.

I didn't say that you suck. I said your post sucks. And yeah, CF sucks a whole lot. But your post sucks even more!

This comment may exceed the RDA of suck.
posted by loquacious at 11:52 AM on October 18, 2006


All this sucking is distracting.
posted by owhydididoit at 11:59 AM on October 18, 2006


that happened to me a couple of days ago ... but when i reloaded the front page, my post had made it, so i didn't worry about it
posted by pyramid termite at 1:08 PM on October 18, 2006


"What would an expected error be, anyway?"

Usually an error in logic. Like you would expect when arguing with a Republican.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:04 PM on October 18, 2006


>"What would an expected error be, anyway?"

I was pondering that the other day.

One example, I suppose, would be a network timeout. If your browser makes an HTTP request to somewhere.com and after a minute, nothing's come back, that's in the category of 'stuff that happens from time to time'. Networks are like that.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 7:25 PM on October 18, 2006


Okay, that actually makes sense, although I do like crash's answer a little better.
posted by yhbc at 7:36 PM on October 18, 2006


That error would only truly be expected if you knew before you made the request that it wasn't going to work. if it's just "stuff that happens from time to time", it may not be surprising, but it's still not specifically expected.

Overly pedantic? Me? What do you mean?
posted by dg at 7:40 PM on October 18, 2006


Certainly not unexpected.
posted by thirteenkiller at 4:52 AM on October 19, 2006


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